Feb 27 2012 By Jack Abell
beaconsfield rugby club
YOUNG people in Beaconsfield have welcomed suggestions to build a shelter at Beaconsfield Rugby Club.
The town council have had discussions with the Hedgerley Lane based club about having a shelter in their grounds.
The shelter would be a covered bench with lighting and would be paid for by Beaconsfield Old Town Residents’ Association (BOTRA).
C J Heron, 14, was one of the five children who were consulted over plans for the play area last year.
He said: “The rugby club would be good.
“We need cover for when it rains and somewhere with lights, especially in the winter as it gets dark earlier when we’re out riding.
“But if we had a park that would be our space and we wouldn’t be cycling in the streets.
“At the moment there’s not a place to go where we can ride happily.”
Jay Blade, co-founder of Street Dreams, a charity that runs a youth club in Beaconsfield, said: “It’s great news that the rugby club are interested in helping.
“Young people just want a place to belong and a shelter is a step in the right direction.
“They are planning to apply for funding themselves to show that they really want this.”
The teenagers have suggested the A40 underpass as a site for a shelter, BMX track and skating park, but it cannot be used as it is not owned by the council.
Chairman of the rugby club, Jim O’Toole, said while they could not have the skate park on their site, they would be happy to look into having a shelter.
He said: “We are committed to helping our community, but there isn’t enough room at the club for the BMX and skate park.
“We’ve spoken about a shelter that would give the kids somewhere to hang out with lighting, but it’s early days.”
The original plans included a shelter, some BMX track runs, some skating areas and half bends.
The initiative is headed by Beaconsfield Old Town Residents’ Association who are still looking for a location for the skate park and will apply for funding once a site is agreed.
Plans have been pushed forward after BOTRA’s recent meeting looking into ways to tackle anti-social behaviour in the town.